Elk River has been known as "Energy City" since 1997 when the Minnesota Environmental Initiative chose it from over 30 other applying communities to act as a geographical focal point for the demonstration of efficient and renewable energy products, services, and technologies.
The eleven members of the Energy City Commission promotes the City of Elk River as a hub of energy technology, energy manufacturing, energy demonstrations, recycling, use of green products, and the adoption of sustainable living practices. Energy City works with entities interested in completing an energy efficient and economically feasible project in the Elk River area. Such entities may include builders, utility companies, government agencies, non-profits, homeowners, or businesses.
In order to provide a clear focus for Energy City, a 10-year Action Plan was developed in 2014, encompassing many city departments and city partners. The Action Plan will be reviewed annually and welcomes the input from city residents and area businesses.
Elk River is one of five cities featured in TPT's 'Climate Smart: Cities Working Together', a new documentary highlighting UMN's Minnesota - Germany partnership regarding energy efficiency and climate protection. The Climate Smart Municipalities partnership continues to provide benefit to the city. Watch the film online now!
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City of Elk River Selected for a Hometown Solar Grant
Elk River City Hall is now home to a 5 kW solar installation! The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) has chosen the City of Elk River to receive a Hometown Solar Grant. The purpose of the Hometown Solar Grant program is to provide our community with an educational asset to teach people how sunlight is converted into electricity and the unique characteristics of solar power. In the grant application, city and Elk River Municipal Utilities (ERMU) staff explained why city hall was a great location for a solar installation, aligning with this program’s goals, but also broadening the sustainability goals already in place here as Minnesota’s designated Energy City.
Both the City of Elk River and ERMU are eager to utilize this solar demonstration for community awareness and education. Now that it is installed, you can see it's production in real time online including overall production, CO2 emission saved and equivalent trees planted. Stop by City Hall to see it up close too.
Residents and businesses in Elk River can enroll in the program as a low-cost way to support renewable energy and the environment. Customers can elect to have 50%, 75% or 100% of their electricity from renewable sources. Learn more about this great opportunity. The City of Elk River is enrolled in the program, 100% of the energy in our city-owned buildings comes from renewable sources.